The stages are getting tougher and trickier with each passing day. Sprinters are chasing hard to secure their position in the race and it will be exciting to see who will clinch the Tour de France 2017 trophy after surpassing all the odds and twists.
The tour starts in Düsseldorf, Germany, on Saturday, July 1 and finishes three weeks later in Paris on July 23.
Here, we have listed down the stages highlights. Have a look:
Stage Six: Vesoul – Troyes, 216 km
- Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step Floors) made a remarkable comeback in the finishing straight of Stage 6 of the Tour de France to claim victory in Troyes.
- Kittel grabs his second stage win of the year, and his 11th overall.
- Chris Froome (Sky) finished safely in the main peloton to retain the overall lead.
- Froome remains 12 seconds ahead of his Sky teammate Geraint Thomas, while Fabio Aru (Astana) lies third, at 14 seconds.
- The three-time champion, Froome, has taken the jersey a little earlier than usual this year – on stage five and is planning to hang on to it until Paris.
- In the absence of Sagan, the battle for the green jersey has taken on a new guise, and the intermediate sprint at Colombey-Les-Deux-Églises was keenly contested, with Démare taking the points for fourth place ahead of Michael Matthews (Sunweb) and Greipel.
- Demare retains the green jersey, albeit with a lead of just 27 points over Kittel.
Stage Seven- Troyes – Nuits-Saint-Georges, 213.5 km
- German Marcel Kittel of the Quick-Step Floors team won the seventh stage of the Tour de France
- Kittel defeated Norway’s Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data) to the line and was declared the winner after a photo finish at the end of a 213.5-km ride from Troyes.
- The victory was Kittel’s 12th in the Tour de France which earned him the green jersey for the leader of the points classification.
- Britain’s Chris Froome of Team Sky retained the overall leader’s yellow jersey.
- The three-time Tour champion leads fellow Briton and Team Sky colleague Geraint Thomas by 12 seconds, with Italy’s Fabio Aru two seconds further adrift in third.
- Dimension Data had the last lead out man with Janse van Rensburg.
- Alexander Kristoff (Katusha-Alpecin) jumped early and tried to get around Boasson Hagen on the left, but Kittel surged to the right and nudged out the win in the photo finish.
- Britain’s Daniel McLay finished in 10th place.
Stage Eight- Dole – Station des Rousses, 187.5km
- The hilly-to-mountainous terrain/narrow roads combination throughout the eighth’s stage made it real racing territory.
- After winning three stage races at the beginning of the year, Frenchman Lilian Calmejane claimed the eighth stage of the Tour de France.
- Team Sky’s Chris Froome retained the yellow jersey.
- Robert Gesink (LottoNL-Jumbo) was competing hard but could not manage to close the gap, and came in second place 37 seconds later.
- The lead peloton splintered and reformed, going through multiple transformations until the 24-year-old Calmejane moved into a six-man splinter group near the top of the day’s second climb.
- That same group took on the closing climb but fell apart.
- With about 18km left on the day, and the mountaintop coming in 7km, Calmejane took off on his own. Only Gesink was able to follow but was never able to get close.
- It was the second Grand Tour victory for Calmejane, who won a stage at 2016 Vuelta a Espana.
Stage Nine- Dole – Nantua – Chambery, 181.5 km
In the 9th stage of the Tour de France riders will be facing many tough terrains. With seven categorized climbs including three “Beyond Category” ascents, Stage 9 could be the toughest of the Tour. After that tough start, there are three HC climbs, the Biche, Grand Colombier and Mont du Chat, all averaging at least 9 percent. The one obstacle to open racing is the long valley between the Grand Colombier and the Mont du Chat. Even if the favorites leave everything to the last climb, weaknesses will be exposed on the Mont du Chat, which is renowned for being one of the toughest mountains ever used in the Tour.
Richie Porte and Fabio Aru will be confident following their Dauphiné performances. Perhaps more importantly, Froome descended the Mont du Chat with ease, further dispelling the myth that he’s a timid descender. And he might need all the courage he can muster as there’s a chance for thunderstorms on Stage 9 afternoon.
DSPORT will telecast the tour highlights on the day after the each staging event.